R&B / Soul
"There's good and bad parts about love, and it's my job to shine light on that." And Tone Stith does his job quite well: in the course of a few short years, the singer/songwriter/producer/multi-faceted musician has proven his triple-threat status with ace songwriting credits and two projects of his very own—including the just-released Good Company EP. With his light touch and impactful style, Stith already shines amidst the current crop of R&B's leading lights, and there's plenty more to come.
Currently residing in Los Angeles, the 23-year-old artist was raised in Southern New Jersey by a musical set of parents: "I was paying attention to everything they were doing." His father introduced him to the drums at the age of 3, and he also took early cues from his mother as she performed in their church choir. "I'd hear her singing around the house and I'd try to mimic everything she was doing," he remembers.
Stith furthers his musical horizons on Good Company, his first record since signing with BPG/RCA. The EP finds Stith working in a style reminiscent of classic-era The-Dream—think spacious production, lush instrumental touches, and Stith's emotive vocals front-and-center. "This is the first time I had features on my songs, which was really cool," he states while talking about the project, which includes contributions from Ty Dolla $ign ("Take It There") and Quavo and Swae Lee on the title track. "Good Company fits into this time really well, but it's different—it doesn't sound like a lot of other people's music. It sounds like me, in 2018. It's a good entry to what I have coming up."
Along with the release of Good Company, Stith's been slaying audiences as support on enigmatic R&B siren H.E.R.'s "I Used to Know Her" tour. "It's been the craziest experience of my life so far," he reflects. "Every night, there's been a sold-out crowd.” So what's next for this rising star? "A ton of new music," naturally—including his forthcoming self-titled album. "I want people to know more about my musical background. It's funk-based, and there's a lot to it. I love country, I love soul. All of that's gonna come out in the next few projects, and I'm really excited about it."
Most of all, Stith is excited to continue spreading his romantic R&B gospel well into 2019 and beyond. "I love to talk about love. People don't talk about it that much in today's times—everybody's putting on a front," he laughs. "Everybody needs to know that it's okay to talk about love—to go through relationships. Don't be afraid to be you and express how you really feel about somebody."
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